For the 2017–18 season, Medicaid will reimburse up to five monthly palivizumab doses from November 27 through May 15

For the 2017–18 season, Medicaid will reimburse up to five monthly palivizumab doses from November 27 through May 15. Except for the date change to accommodate a Monday start, the eligibility criteria for palivizumab will remain the same as during 2016–17, and will continue to reflect the 2009 AAP criteria (Table).5,6  If the 2017–18 RSV season starts prior to November 27, Medicaid will adjust the coverage dates accordingly.

Why HPV Vaccination Rates Remain Low in Rural States

The potentially life-saving cancer vaccine has been around for more than a decade, so why isn’t everyone getting it?

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AAP Issues Updated Flu Vaccine Recommendations

The American Academy of Pediatrics issued updated recommendations Monday for the flu vaccine, but some parent and pediatricians were disappointed that the FluMist nasal vaccine is once again not recommended.

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CDC: Teen Vax Rates Rise, But HPV Coverage Still Lagging

Rates of vaccination among teens improved in 2016 compared to 2015, including coverage for routine vaccinations such as TdapMenACWY and HPV vaccines, CDC researchers found.

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HRSA Launches Health Workforce Connector to Help Health Care Professionals Find Jobs

The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) has created a new online tool called the Health Workforce Connector to help health care professionals, including pediatricians, find jobs at more than 20,000 sites and health care facilities in the communities across the country.

To learn more about the Connector, visit https://connector.hrsa.gov.

11th HPV Vaccination Quarterly Report

The quarterly reports are intended to facilitate collaboration between awardees and partners to help increase HPV vaccination coverage. Due to the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices’ (ACIP) recent recommendation of a 2- dose HPV vaccination schedule for adolescents initiating the vaccine series before their 15th birthday and anticipated changes in vaccine ordering patterns, this quarter’s report highlights CDC’s new plan for displaying HPV vaccine ordering data for future quarterly reports.

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Report: No country meets recommended breast-feeding standards

The World Health Organization, UNICEF and the Global Breastfeeding Collective reported that all 194 countries failed to comply with all recommended breast-feeding standards, with only 40% of infants younger than age 6 months being exclusively breast-fed and only 23 countries having exclusive breast-feeding rates exceeding 60%. The report also showed that increasing the breast-feeding rate to 50% by 2025 would prevent the deaths of 520,000 young children and yield $300 billion in economic gains within the next decade.

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A Message from AAP President Fernando Stein, MD, FAAP

Remarkable.

In the early hours of the morning, a dangerous bill that would have jeopardized health care for millions of children and families was narrowly defeated. The U.S. Senate voted 49-51 on legislation to repeal the Affordable Care Act, stopping the bill in its tracks and protecting health care coverage for the American people. The Academy’s response is here.

This was possible because of you. Pediatricians gave children a voice, and senators listened. Your efforts proved the remarkable impact a group of people can make when they come together and stand up for the voiceless – children whose lives were at stake, children who came to Washington with their families to share their stories because they knew what they had to lose, children who count on you to speak up for them in the walls of your clinics and the halls of the Capitol.

You did it. As an Academy, we are only as strong as the pediatricians, pediatric medical subspecialists and pediatric surgical specialists like you who advocated tirelessly and never gave up. I want to personally extend my thanks for every phone call, tweet, letter and op-ed. The collective outreach senators received from advocates like you helped build a foundation of opposition, making the vote as narrow and uncertain as it ended up being. We thank the leaders of AAP chapters, committees, councils and sections who never wavered.

Today, we pause and reflect on what worked, then look forward to the next steps – bipartisan solutions for children and families. Any health care legislation that advances in Congress should build on the historic progress we’ve made and ensure that children can continue to access health care coverage that meets their needs at a price their families can afford.

In addition, the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) is up for renewal and the clock is ticking before the September 30 deadline to extend its funding. CHIP is a bipartisan success story, and lawmakers have an opportunity to make good on their promises and keep the program strong for the millions who rely on it for health insurance. We have our work cut out for us, but I know pediatricians are up for the challenge.

For now, there is one thing you can do – please call your U.S. senators today. You can see how your senators voted on the legislation here.

If your senators voted “no” to the Health Care Freedom Act, please call them and say thank you, especially if you are from Arizona, Maine or Alaska, where Sens. McCain, Collins and Murkowski broke from their party to vote against the bill. If your senators voted “yes,” use the opportunity to reassert the importance of protecting children’s health care coverage in future discussions, including by renewing CHIP. If you have U.S. senators, the phone numbers for their DC offices are listed below:

Sen. Joe Manchin (D) (202) 224-3954
Sen. Shelley Capito (R) (202) 224-6472

Thank you again for all that you do. I am humbled and inspired every day by your dedication to children, and look forward to continuing this important work together.

Sincerely,

Fernando Stein, MD, FAAP
AAP President
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